Treating Couples Who Avoid Conflict

Couples Who Avoid Conflict, Part 2: Principles & Techniques

  In my last post, I shared 4 key insights that can help you lay the groundwork for counseling couples who shy away from conflict.  In looking at the challenges posed by this pattern, it’s clear that conflict avoidance reveals itself in many ways. Your first clue may be the long, tense silences that follow when you pose honest questions. Or the fact that one partner tends to dominate the conversation, offering lengthy explanations that gloss over the issues you’re trying to explore.  Whatever pattern you’re seeing, you will benefit from having a strong strategy that addresses the couple’s unique situation and helps them move forward. … Read more...